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Graphic Novels: Comprehension of Text and Image

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2016
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Research suggests that, instinctively, humans follow a Z-shaped pattern when reading graphic novels. Studies have also revealed that readers organize information through Gestalt’s theory of proximity when the panel structure is altered. This paper explores the separation of text and image from the constraints of the traditional comic book format. Through the utilization of an eye-tracking system, this experiment will examine the limitations of the Gestalt theory and the effectiveness of comprehension. The task of processing the plot of the novels relies heavily on the efficiency of the reader’s ability to apply context by using the accompanying imagery and text via data collected from saccadic patterns, fixations, and gaze analysis. This study coincides with the idea of universal communication by acknowledging that there are multiple ways to comprehend information, with the expectation of gaining further insight on the conscious and subconscious methods of visual processing.
Title: Graphic Novels: Comprehension of Text and Image.
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Name(s): Bermudez, Angel
Rodriguez, Oscar
Duenas, Ana Maria
Taylor, Amanda
Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Poster
Date Created: 2016
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Florida
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 1 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Research suggests that, instinctively, humans follow a Z-shaped pattern when reading graphic novels. Studies have also revealed that readers organize information through Gestalt’s theory of proximity when the panel structure is altered. This paper explores the separation of text and image from the constraints of the traditional comic book format. Through the utilization of an eye-tracking system, this experiment will examine the limitations of the Gestalt theory and the effectiveness of comprehension. The task of processing the plot of the novels relies heavily on the efficiency of the reader’s ability to apply context by using the accompanying imagery and text via data collected from saccadic patterns, fixations, and gaze analysis. This study coincides with the idea of universal communication by acknowledging that there are multiple ways to comprehend information, with the expectation of gaining further insight on the conscious and subconscious methods of visual processing.
Identifier: FA00005558 (IID)
Subject(s): College students --Research --United States.
Held by: Florida Atlantic University Libraries
Sublocation: Digital Library
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Owner Institution: FAU